The 7 Most In-Demand Programming Languages of 2018

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6. PHP

PHP, a scripting language used on the server side, moved up to number six in our ranking over number nine last year. Most developers use PHP for web development, either to add functions that HTML can’t handle or to interact with MySQL databases.

7. Perl

Perl dropped by about 3,000 job postings and stayed in seventh place in our analysis. Perl 5 and Perl 6 are both chugging along and Perl continues to be popular for system and network administrators and as a glue language.

Up and Comers

These are the languages that haven’t made it onto our top seven yet, but have been growing in use and popularity in 2017. Keep an eye out for them in the future!

  • Swift: Swift, the programming language for iOS and macOS that Apple release in 2014, came in at number 14 on our list. This may be partially because many job posting ask for “iOS” experience without naming specific languages. Swift has been growing steadily in popularity since it launched according to IEEE Spectrum and Stackify.
  • R: R came in at number 11 on our list, but we expect we’ll see it climb in our ranking in the next few years. It’s rising in popularity in both international and US search rankings and was the “least-disliked” language on a Stack Overflow survey this year. Its growth may be due to the growth of big data analysis jobs.
  • Rust: Although Rust ranks low on our list, it has been steadily growing in popularity according to Google Trends data.
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